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Lefty or Righty? Only Time Will Tell!}

Small Muscle Movement and Dexterity

Lefty or Righty? Only Time Will Tell!

An interesting development happens around 18-24 months: your child may start showing his true hand preference! Up until now, he may have used both right and left hands equally in all fine motor activities. However, as he has been building strong brain connections through cross-the-midline activities (e.g. activities that support the coordination of movement and action between both sides of his body), he will most likely develop a dominant hand which he will come to use more often than the other. In fact, research indicates that crossing the midline is important in the development of handedness. So be sure to support these types of two-handed activities to build his fine motor abilities.

Has your child achieved the following Small Muscle Movement and Dexterity developmental milestones yet? If yes, check off all the skill(s) he has already mastered to date!

Sources: This development milestone tracker is not a learning disability screening tool or test. If you have any questions related to your child's development and learning abilities, please speak to your pediatrician and care providers for guidance and resources.